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First Paraplegic Woman to Climb Mt. Kilimanjaro to Race at Vista's Strawberry Festival
Date:5/17/2010

Erica Davis, Subject of a Recent Documentary, Comes To Race—and To Educate Others About the Link Between Oral Health and Heart Disease

Vista, CA (PRWEB) May 17, 2010 -- One of the race participants in this year’s Strawberry Festival 5K will stand out more than most—but she’ll do it seated in her wheelchair. That person is Erica Davis.

Since a one-in-five-million genetic anomaly left her unable to walk at age 24, Davis has done extraordinary things, most notably becoming the first female paraplegic to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro. This epic journey is featured in the forthcoming film Through the Roof. On Sunday, she is here to race—and to educate. Much of her mission is to disprove misconceptions of challenged athletes, especially women. More recently, she has partnered with Vista’s Coleman Dentistry to educate the public about the link between gum disease and heart disease. After the race, she will be signing posters and talking to fans at the Coleman Dentistry’s Healthy Gums = Healthy Hearts booth. The race begins at 7:00am on Sunday, May 30th, in Downtown Vista.

Health, fitness, and enjoying a full life are passions that Davis has always embodied and shared with others. If anything, becoming a paraplegic has only focused her more. It was on New Year’s Eve of 2005 that a ruptured cluster of blood vessels leaked into her spine and robbed her of movement below the navel. She doesn’t deny that her road has sometimes been hard. But as her family and friends can attest, her positive attitude and will not to let her challenges limit her life have allowed her to follow her passion of athletic excellence. So when the opportunity to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro presented itself—along with the chance to be a role model for other challenged athletes—Davis leapt at it. The results of that successful journey can be seen i
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